Mon, Jan. 27

Two Verde Valley Campus students score full tuition scholarships

CLARKDALE - Two Yavapai College students at the Verde Valley Campus scored full tuition scholarships towards a baccalaureate education at the state university of their choice.

Venessa Cicchini and Thomas Dunbar were awarded the scholarships based on their academic achievement, leadership and community service.

Cicchini is working toward a criminal justice or psychology major and is considering transferring to either the University of Arizona or Arizona State University.

Dunbar is an economics major who plans to attend Northern Arizona University.

Both recipients earned a grade point average of above 3.8 and are involved in Yavapai College community and honors activities.

Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs explores post-secondary education

SEDONA - Dick Dahl, President of the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs (VVFPA), has announced a four-day town hall to develop a final report exploring the future of post-secondary education in the Verde Valley.

Entitled "Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities in the Verde Valley," the forum will be held April 3 through April 6, 2016 at the Cliff Castle Casino Conference Center.

One hundred thought leaders from around the Verde Valley will be selected to participate. The applications process ends January 31, 2016 and there is a fee to participate.

The VVGPA's vision is that the "Valley's desirable aesthetic, cultural, social, and economic conditions are maintained by informed citizens, community and business organizations, as well as by local governments and educational institutions."

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Mountain View Prep robotic team wins Core Value Award

COTTONWOOD - Not only did Mountain View Preparatory robotic team place in the top 7 percent during Flagstaff regionals, they also won a Core Value Award.

The award recognizes teams who demonstrate inspiration, teamwork and professionalism.

Teresa Rose, teacher at MVP and robotics coach for the "Ocelotbots," said her team "scored very well in Flagstaff and went on to the Arizona First Lego® League State Tournament in Phoenix."

Students on school robotic teams are responsible for designing, building and programming robots to perform a specific function using Lego® blocks. They then enter robotic competitions with other school for the opportunity to gain regional, state and national recognition, as well as awards.

"Mrs. (Stacey) Shelton's team is recycling old crayons into new crayons. These students are in grades K-3 and their Lego® "build" uses a single power motor to create movement on their Lego® board," said Rose.

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